Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) NEW YORK —New York State has renewed, for the fifth time, an order to halt collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection.In response to continuing financial impairments resulting from the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Attorney General Letitia James renewed orders again from this coming Sunday, through Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. After this period, James will reassess the needs of state residents for another possible extension. Additionally, the OAG will accept applications for suspension of all other types of debt owed to the state of New York and referred to the OAG for collection.“Too many New Yorkers are still enduring the financial hardships of this pandemic,” said James. “We have the power to help tens of thousands of New Yorkers who are struggling to make ends meet, which is why we are again suspending the collection of state student and medical debt referred to my office. As we continue our work to stop the spread of this virus, we must also work to rebuild our economy and help New Yorkers get back on their feet, and that starts with ensuring our state’s residents are not unnecessarily burdened with additional debt payments at this time.”Since COVID-19 began to spread rapidly across the country in mid-March, tens of millions of residents across the nation have filed for unemployment, including more than 3.4 million in New York state alone, James said.
Poland’s largest utility talking about long-term coal phaseout, green energy transition FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Platts:Poland’s largest power utility Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) is targeting phasing out its coal-fired power station fleet by 2040-2045, company officials told S&P Global Platts on June 2.“We’re talking about withdrawing the entire hard coal and lignite fleet in 20-25 years,” said Maciej Burny, director of the company’s Brussels office. “In Poland, we’re thinking of a similar direction to the one that Germany is taking. If you look at the timeframe for both countries it is quite comparable. The Germans are doing it in 2038 with a smaller coal base in the energy mix,” he said.Deputy chief executive for corporate affairs Pawel Cioch said PGE planned to publish a 10-year strategy in three months’ time that will rest on three pillars ‒ offshore and onshore wind and PV solar. “Our green transition is a fact, this is not just talking,” he said.The strategy would provide a clear timeline for decommissioning coal assets. “Our coal phase-out plan will lay out the lifetimes of the existing assets. Many of them will be decommissioned much sooner than 2045 due to lower efficiency and technical degradation,” Burny said.The last coal assets to be decommissioned will be two 900 MW units commissioned last year at Opole and a 490 MW lignite unit at Turow that is scheduled to be commissioned later this year. Burny said those units’ viability over the next 25 years would depend on how carbon prices evolved, but guaranteed 15-year capacity market payments should help them remain profitable for longer.PGE’s generation is dominated by lignite and hard coal. In the first quarter of this year, the fuels accounted for 84% of the company’s generation despite a 10 percentage point year-on-year fall in lignite utilization. In 2015-2018, the company spent 96% of its investment outlays, or Zloty 27.9 billion ($7.1 billion), in acquiring, renovating or building coal and lignite generation assets, as well as on gas co-generation plants.The company’s change of direction was prompted by rising carbon prices and higher EU emissions targets. “Previously, there was perhaps a notion to prolong difficult decisions. There were signs that things may change in a few years. Now, we see that this is not the way forward. We either change now or never,” Burny said.[Henry Edwardes-Evans, Adam Easton]More: Interview: EU policies prompt Poland’s PGE to pursue green transition
March 1, 2004 Regular News Stresslines: Ten ways to feel better about life Ten ways to feel better about life Dr. Karen D. Unger 1. Have reasonable expectations for yourself.2. Allow your self rating of your daily performance to just be “good enough.” Save the perfection standard for another day when you’re real old.3. Give yourself a compliment each day; it doesn’t cost anything and the benefits are great.4. When you feel overwhelmed, try to get another perspective. Ask yourself: How would someone from a war-torn country view my problem? Stop catastrophizing; it really is not helpful.5. Stop criticizing yourself physically, and financially. Do you really expect to look like a movie star, and earn $800K per week? Re-read number 1.6. Remember, bad stuff happens to everyone all the time. Life—it’s not a conspiracy against you.7. Tell yourself: “Know what? You’re doing OK.”8. Enjoy your pets — it decreases blood pressure and stress.9. Remove “should” from your vocabulary (Bet you can’t do it for a whole week).10. Get yourself an ice cream cone this week because you were real good. Dr. Karen D. Unger has a private counseling, and psychotherapy practice in Valrico and may be reached at (813) 684-1404 or at Kunger@tampabay.rr.com. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at www.fla-lap.org/qlsm. The Quality of Life and Career Committee, in cooperation with the Florida State University College of Law, also has an interactive listserv titled “The Healthy Lawyer.” Details and subscription information regarding the listserv can be accessed through the committee’s Web site or by going directly to www.fla-lap.org/qlsm.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Police are investigating a pair of armed home invasions in Wyandanch and Elmont last week, including one case in which a victim as stabbed in the face, authorities said.Two men entered a second-floor apartment on Louis Avenue in Elmont, where one of the suspects struck a 40-year-old woman in the face with a sharp object in her bedroom at 2:33 p.m., causing a laceration, Sunday, Nassau County police said.When the victim yelled, the duo fled. They were last seen on foot heading northbound on Louis Avenue. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.Both suspects were described as 5-foot, 6-inch-tall Hispanic men in their 30s with average builds. One was wearing a black t-shirt, and the other was wearing a white t-shirt and white glove.In the other case, a knife-wielding man kicked in the door of a home on Straight Path in Wyandanch at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, demanded money from a victim, and fled when she said she had none.The victim was not injured in that case. There were neither any arrests nor any description of the suspect in that case.Detectives are continuing the investigations.
Rozzoni says in a time where the arts and entertainment industry is struggling, he is pleased to bring live theater to life in innovative ways and also to give artists nationwide a platform. The first place winner will recieve a $3,000 prize and a chance to be given a contract role with Tri Cities. General Director for Tri Cities Opera John Rozzoni explained just how a virtual, vocal competition works: he said he and the other opera judges received first round submissions anonymously and the only grading criteria was the performer’s voice. The final concert can be streamed live on Sunday, Oct.18. You can find more information by clicking here. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Just three weeks ago Tri Cities Opera partnered with LUMA to bring a one-of-a-kind live, virtual opera experience. Now they’re at it again, but this time they’re putting on a virtual, vocal competition. From there, the competiton was narrowed down to 28 semi-finalists, who were asked to create introduction videos of themselves and a brief clip of them singing. Those videos were later posted on Facebook, encouraging audiences on social media to interact with them — and the most interactive post will also be presented with a social media award. The competition is a partnership with Visions Federal Credit Union.
Spain has recorded no coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours for the first time since the beginning of March, a senior health ministry spokesman said Monday.”Today we have received no deaths with the date of death from yesterday,” Fernando Simon, head of the Coordination Centre for Health Alerts and Emergencies told journalists. The number of new cases had also fallen, he added.Spain has recorded new deaths every day since March 3, though the first death there from the virus in fact dates back to February 13. It is one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic, having recorded 27,127 deaths from 239,638 cases notified, according to the latest ministry figures Monday.Spain had become very fast at detecting cases, said Simon.But he warned against any failure to respect the existing restrictions on mass gatherings, still in force despite a gradual relaxation of what was one of the world’s strictest lockdowns.Topics :
An artist’s impression of the new Queen Street Village development.Queen Street Village marketing manager and TOTAL Property Group managing director Adrian Parsons said Palladium was in a highly sought-after location right in the heart of Southport, close to great healthcare and education facilities, and with the light rail station right on its doorstep.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago“Palladium residents will enjoy a sense of community and pride of place by being part of Queen Street Village, a self-sustaining economy where businesses are supported by people that live and work in the area,” he said. It has one, two and three-bedroom apartments in a variety of floor plans, starting from $345,000.A retail piazza will be constructed on the ground floor. Queen Street Village is the latest project by Brisbane-based developer, Property Solutions.The company was the developer behind projects such as James Street at Fortitude Valley, The Barracks at Paddington, SW1 at Southbank and the urban redevelopment of Nundah Village.Property Solutions sales and marketing director Craig Wright said Queen Street Village and its residential buildings were designed with the owner-occupier in mind. An artist’s impression of the Queen Street Village at SouthportTHE former Gold Coast Hospital site at Southport is getting a new lease on life, with the first residential apartment within a new $550 million integrated masterplanned community recently launched to the market.Palladium – a 17-storey apartment tower with retail piazza – will be the first stage of the Queen Street Village, which will be built on the 3.2ha site.Once completed, it will include residential apartment buildings, supermarket, retail and dining precincts, a medical centre, commercial office space, a 160 room hotel, and an 11-cinema complex. Adrian Parsons and Craig Wright at the site of Queen Street Village, Southport.“Now the development approval has been released by Gold Coast City Council, we are excited to be in a position to take expressions of interest for our forthcoming sales release of Palladium,” he said.“Our showroom will be opening soon and one of the first things people will notice about Palladium apartments is the abundance of space, with very comfortable living and dining areas that open up to expansive balconies.”Interested buyers are encouraged to register. They will then be the first to preview the range of floor plans, architectural detail, finishes, interior styling and images of the panoramic views beforePalladium is released to the general marketplace.The $550 million Queen Street Village will be developed over the next six to eight years.
As part of its ongoing commitment to engage with stakeholders to ensure energy transition and energy security for Ireland, IOOA said it had written to the Minister responsible for offshore exploration, Sean Canney TD, seeking a meeting on the implications of the announcement of September 23, 2019.IOOA, Chief Executive Officer, Mandy Johnston, added: “The clarification that the announcement in the Taoiseach’s speech does not affect existing licenses is welcome. However, it is important that further clarity is given on how the new Government’s proposal for future licensing rounds will be implemented. With this in mind and as a representative body investing considerably in offshore Ireland we are seeking a meeting with Minister Canney at the earliest possible opportunity.”Europa Oil & Gas, one of the operators with assets offshore Ireland, noted the statement released by the IOOA.Europa’s CEO, Hugh Mackay, said: “We welcome the clarification provided by the Irish Government that existing offshore Ireland licenses remain valid. Europa has a large exploration position in Ireland, which includes our flagship Inishkea gas prospect that lies on the same play as, and is located close to, the producing Corrib gas field. With this in mind, we look forward to continuing to work closely both with the Irish Government and the IOOA.”Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit. Further clarity needed ‘Existing licenses remain valid’ Varadkar’s statement was clarified on Tuesday by a spokeswoman for the Taoiseach. According to the Irish Times, the spokeswoman for the Taoiseach said: “Existing licenses and options for oil and gas will remain valid but Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton will bring a memo to Government within a month to set out how the change will be implemented.“This will relate to future applications,” she said.“No new licensing round for the Atlantic “closed” area – 80 per cent of our waters – will be brought forward by the Government. This is the area where most of the exploration is now focused.“License applications will still be accepted for [the] Celtic and Irish Sea on an ongoing basis,” she added.The IOOA welcomed this clarification from the Government of Ireland that existing exploration licenses would be unaffected and the Government announcement at the United Nations Climate Action Summit only relates to future licenses not those granted in the 2015 License Round.The clarification is clear that the Government’s proposals ‘will relate to future applications’ and that ‘existing licenses will remain valid,’ the organization said. The Government of Ireland has confirmed that the country’s existing exploration licenses will not be affected by a recent announcement of the government’s plans to end all future oil exploration in the country. Irish offshore oil and gas industry has welcomed this clarification, but asked for further clarity on how the new government’s proposal for future licensing rounds will be implemented.Illustration; Source: PixabayTo remind, during the UN Climate Action Summit on Monday evening An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stated the Irish Government’s intention to phase out oil exploration licenses in the future.Varadkar said that Ireland’s Independent Climate Change Advisory Council had recommended that exploration for oil should end as it is incompatible with a low-carbon future. The Council recommended that exploration for natural gas should continue for now as a transition fuel.Following Varadkar’s statement at the summit, several oil and gas operators with assets in Ireland sought clarification of the situation through the offices of the Irish Offshore Operators’ Association (IOOA), the representative organization for the Irish offshore oil and gas industry.Responding to the government’s announcement, the IOOA said in a statement on Monday that “energy security for Ireland is an important part of that process and we will seek a meeting with Government in relation to the matter in the coming weeks.”
CYO Basketball Tourney Semi-Final ScoresSunday (2-11)St. Louis-1 63 Holy Family 40All Saints 64 St. Michael’s 61Championship-Sunday, February 18St. Louis-Batesville at 1 PMBatesville vs. All SaintsSt. Louis-1 advanced to the championship game of the Batesville Deanery tournament with 63-40 win over Holy Family.St. Louis would jump out to early 9 point lead after 1 period. We weren’t playing our best to start the game but were able to get the lead. St. Louis would stretch its lead to 16 at half. We were missing 2 players and had 2 other players that weren’t completely back to full health, so to be you 16 and not playing are best, I was pleased.In the 2nd half St. Louis would see its lead continue to grow and would gone on to win easily. Even though we would maintained a large lead, I never really felt we were in complete control game. We were glad to get the win, but we are going to have to play a lot better if we want to win the deanery tournament.These kids have played hard all year to get to the championship game and now we are one win away from winning it.STL Scoring. Kyle Siefert 21, Lane Oesterling 16, Alex Westerfeld 7, Nathan Eckstein 7, Sam Bedel 4, Evan Straber 3, Sam Giesting 3, Mitchell Ertel 2.Courtesy of Bruins Coach Roger Dietz.
Press Association Watson carded a second successive 69 to add to his opening 66 as he and fellow left-hander Scott Langley secured their places in the final group on Sunday. Five birdies in six holes on the front nine took Watson to the fore, the highlights being excellent approaches to six feet at the third and eight feet at the sixth. He overhit his flop out of a bunker at the 12th and duffed a chip at the next and though he holed a long birdie putt at the par-three 16th, even that good work was undone at the last. Casey’s approach spun back off the green and after another indifferent chip, he again missed a makeable putt. Ben Martin, Ben Curtis and Andrew Svoboda were at seven under, the latter holing from a greenside bunker to birdie the last for a 68. Rory McIlroy is among the group on six under after following up his nightmare 78 on Friday with a three-under-par 69 on Saturday. The Northern Irishman, who held a three-shot lead after shooting a brilliant 63 in his opening round, looked set for another forgettable day as he bogeyed three of his first six holes. However, birdies on the fifth, eighth, 17th and 18th, combined with an eagle three on the 11th, saw him climb back up the leaderboard and a good final round could yet see the BMW PGA Championship winner challenging the leaders. He was six inches short of an eagle at the par-five seventh, with his good run of holes marred only by a bogey at the fourth. Dropped shots on the 11th and 18th restricted his lead, though he added one more birdie with a 12-foot putt on the 15th to ensure a third sub-70 round. Langley produced a bogey-free 67, with a solitary front-nine birdie at the fifth and a strong back nine. He picked up shots at 10 and 11, holed a long putt at 15 and sent a bold approach narrowly over a bunker and close to the pin on 17 for another birdie. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama is a shot further back at 10 under after a closing 15-foot birdie putt gave him a round of 69. World number one Adam Scott is alone in fourth at nine under Casey recorded a disappointing 76 to slip down the leaderboard to eight under, though he is in good company in a group containing young sensation Jordan Spieth, who shot 67, and major winner Charl Schwartzel. The damage came on the back nine as Casey bogeyed the 10th and missed a short birdie putt on the par-five 11th after a clever chip. Bubba Watson took a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Memorial Tournament in Ohio as overnight leader Paul Casey fell away.